VAR will make their Scottish Premiership debut when Hibs take on St Johnstone at Easter Road on Friday October 21.
The technology was due to be introduced after the World Cup break, but the Scottish FA and SPFL have announced it will be implemented sooner than expected.
The system’s first television use will be Hearts vs Celtic, live on Sky SportsOctober 22.
All four 3pm kick-offs that day – Rangers v Livingston, Kilmarnock v Ross County, Motherwell v Aberdeen and St Mirren v Dundee United – will also use VAR.
Crawford Allan, Head of Refereeing Operations for the Scottish FA, said: “We are delighted to have received approval to introduce VAR to Scottish football. We have worked intensively over a period of almost three years. to get to this point, we’ve tested the Premiership stage every moment as part of the training process, and we’re good to go.
“As we have seen across the world, VAR has helped to ensure that a higher percentage of officiating decisions on the pitch are accurate and this is a principle that our match officials support.
“I am grateful to the match officials who gave their time to participate in the training program and I would like to thank our VAR task force and our main partners at the SPFL, and in particular its COO Calum Beattie, for their assistance. throughout the development phase, as well as the cinch Premiership clubs who have all been supportive and committed to the process.
“Hawk-Eye and QTV also deserve praise for their technological expertise in creating a world-class VAR center here at Clydesdale House.”
Calum Beattie, SPFL chief operating officer, said: “When 41 out of 42 clubs voted at our general meeting in April to bring VAR into the cinch Premiership, we said the technology would be introduced after the Cup. Our clubs have made it clear that they want VAR to be introduced as soon as possible and the Scottish FA deserve real credit for being able to make this announcement earlier than expected.
“VAR exists to increase the accuracy of refereeing decision-making and although experience from other leagues demonstrates that implementation will not be straightforward, we are all committed to helping the Scottish FA help it settling in as quickly as possible over the next few months.
“Following the announcement of the biggest TV deal in Scottish football history with Sky Sports, it is yet another step forward for the game in Scotland.
“The cinch Premiership is currently eighth in the UEFA coefficient rankings thanks to our clubs’ recent success in UEFA competitions and this development puts us in line with other comparable European leagues.
“We would like to thank our 12 cinch Premiership clubs for embracing the process – and the significant financial commitment – and hope that everyone involved will show a degree of patience and understanding in the initial phase.”
What will the VAR be used for?
We’ve seen VAR implemented all over the world in many different leagues, so you know what to expect.
With additional referees reviewing clear and obvious errors, he is ultimately there to give the officials more support and ensure that any clear and obvious errors are rectified.
The SFA’s system will be identical to that used by football’s world governing body, FIFA, with the principle of ‘minimum interference, maximum benefit’.
Additionally, the baselines established by FIFA for determining when a review can take place are limited to penalties, red cards, goal-scoring situations and any instances of mistaken identity.
Who will pay it?
VAR is expected to cost around £1.2m per season and Premiership clubs will pay for the technology with each club’s share depending on their final league position.
Premiership winners will pay around £195,000 per season, with a sliding scale up to 12th club, who would pay around £67,000.
Training for officials has been provided by the SFA, with Allan adding that when it comes to allocating funds to VAR, it should be seen as an investment rather than a cost.
“The cost is attractive. If I were advancing Scottish football – and I’m part of the football family – I’d like to see it as an investment in Scottish football rather than a cost,” he said.